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Soldier of Fortune (1997)

R | | Action, Adventure | TV Movie 1997
Former military operatives join forces in a world where governments routinely stage secret wars.

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Peter Bloomfield

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Christian Gudegast, Charles Heit (episode) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Brad Johnson ... Major Matthew Quentin Shepherd
Tim Abell ... Benny Ray Riddle
Sebastian Apodaca Sebastian Apodaca ... Carlos Escobar
Réal Andrews ... Jason 'Chance' Walker
Melinda Clarke ... Margo Vincent
David Selby ... Xavier Trout
Mark Sheppard ... Christopher 'C.J.' Yates
Billy Gallo ... Rico Valesquez
Donna W. Scott ... Lieutenant Grace (as Donna Scott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie L. Fauria ... Ricardo Pappas
Shelly Gonzalez Shelly Gonzalez ... Club Member
Ali Lauzon Ali Lauzon ... Hot dog vendor
Guy Letourneau ... Soldier Dignitary (as Guy Létourneau)
Jimmy Ortega ... Henchman
Jimmy Steinfeldt Jimmy Steinfeldt ... Berliner (as Jim Steinfeldt)
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A group of truly exceptional soldiers put their services on the open market in this made-for-TV action-adventure drama. Major Matt Sheperd (Brad Johnson) was once one of the smartest, best trained, and most decorated individuals in the American military, but when he became ready for a new challenge, he decided to move into the private sector. Shepard founded Solider of Fortune, Inc., an organization which brings together a team of top-flight military intelligence agents, who, for the right cause and the right price, can stage rescues, military interventions, or other strategic actions without allowing the matter to make the newspapers or escalate into an international incident. A pilot feature for a short-lived television series, Soldier of Fortune, Inc. also features Tim Abell, Real Andrews, Mindy Clarke, and Sebastian Apodaca.

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From the producers of box office mega-hits THE ROCK, CON AIR, ARMAGEDDON. See more »

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Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief nudity

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1997 (Canada) See more »

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Soldier of Fortune, Inc. See more »

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Color
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Classic show that never got the audience it deserved because of bad timing
6 July 2006 | by swwilliams79See all my reviews

OK, first off, this review and spot on IMDb is for the series not the movie. I agree that the movie is horrible. However the series was a classic, one that was sadly ahead of its time(ahead of the popular terrorism fad brought on by modern events). It cataloged the covert actions of a small company of rogue ex-military and ex-intelligence types. It not only featured some excellent acting(for a TV action series), but the special effects were not bad either. The stars of the show were the Major(who went on to make minor impact in small roles) who lead the group and Melinda Clark(the bombshell who went on to star in the O.C.) who was the gifted hacker/linguist ex-intel operative. The plot wasn't difficult to follow-the operatives would be handed a secretive mission sponsored by unknown financiers(the good guys) and carry out the mission, usually eliminating the opposition(the bad guys).

Anyways unfortunately for those lucky enough to discover it, the show met with a drastic nose-dive on the second or third season. This is when producers decided to "spice-up" things a bit by making a couple of cuts in the cast and replacing them with none other than basketball's badboy(prima donna) Denis Rodman. Let's face it-the guy can't act to save his life. Soon after the show lost what little it had going for it in the gritty realism department and was destined for cancellation.


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